A regional protocol establishing minimum standards for dealing with the COVID19 virus was agreed to by CARICOM Heads of Government and Ministers of Health at the 8th Special Emergency Meeting in Barbados on Sunday.

According to Caribbean News Service, the protocol is critical to avoid an outbreak of panic and fear in the Region.

The meeting was attended by the Pan American Health Organisation, Caribbean Public Health Agency, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency , CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security and representatives of the leadership of the Cruise Ship industry and their representative bodies, the Florida Caribbean Cruise Associate and the Cruise Lines International Association .

The capacity to manage an outbreak was identified as an area of concern. The protocol, drafted by CARPHA following two emergency meetings of the CARICOM Ministers of Health last week, allows for individual states to place additional measures if they so require.

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